Archive for October, 2011


Life Planner

October 27, 2011

I just received by Life Planner from Erin Condren. There have been a ton of posts about this planner all over the blogosphere, which is how I heard of it in the first place. I’ve gone through so many planners in my life and I have definite ideas about what I like and what I don’t like. Ironically, most school planners tend to a lot of the features I like but with necessary features that I don’t need. I was tempted to make my own, but I’m not a book binder and a three-ring binder is not my cup of tea. So, when I heard about this ‘Life Planner’ and then looked at it on the site, I was absolutely fascinated.

First, about Erin Condren. This site has a whole host of customizable and personalized items. Planners, gift tags, stationary, business or calling cards, and, most recently, iPhone cases. They come in many different designs and colors. Everything on the site looks like something I want in my life or would give to someone else. 🙂

Now onto the planner I just bought. I love the layout of this planner and all of the features. When it comes to a planner, I love a to have a month view, followed by the weekly view of that month. I don’t like to have the months all in one section, followed by all of the weeks of the year. (If that makes any sense at all.) This does exactly that. For the first month, October, I have a full month view followed by the weeks of October, Monday through Sunday, spread out onto two pages. There is also plenty of note space. It’s amazing how hard that can be to find in a lot of planners.

I also like to have a plenty of space to write in. My handwriting is pretty large and bubbly, so I can use up space quickly when I write. I don’t want to have to try and squeeze my writing into a tiny little space. This planner has plenty of writing space for me.

I also love how each month has it’s own color theme. I get bored easily so this esthetic is very nice for me. Plus it helps me remain organized. It’s pretty and functional. Speaking of pretty and functional, the outside of the planner is gorgeous! I love the color scheme I chose and the font of my name on the outside of the planner. The ring binding looks strong and since it’s clear plastic it’s not too distracting for me. The entire cover is laminate so it won’t get too messy. So it’s durable, yet beautiful.

In the back, after the all of the months there is more space for random notes and places to put important numbers. Then there is a section of stickers you can use for the planner. These are for event reminders that are pre-typed, as well as some blank stickers for your own use. They come in a lot of different colors to help suit your needs if you like to color coordinate. (Like me.)

Following these is a double-sided folder. You can keep important papers or lists or anything you need to take with you. There is also a clear zipper pack in the back that you can keep loose items in. (Erin includes some extra personalized labels for you to try out, as well as some round paperclips here. So generous!)

Overall, I’m really loving this planner! I’m going to be really using this hard to see if it works out for me. I really hope it does. I need to be more organized again and hopefully this will help me do it. Anyone else using this planner or something else to be organized?

Disclaimer: I was not sent this planner nor was I asked to review it by anyone. I bought it with my own money and for my own personal use. All opinions expressed here are my own and completely honest.


Busy November

October 24, 2011

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November is just around the corner and there is so much that will be going on! First of all, NaNoWriMo is next month. That is the National Novel Writing Month and I participate every year. Or at least I attempt to. I have yet to succeed in writing the full 50,000 words in one month, but I refuse to give up. As I mentioned before, I’m thinking about writing a steampunk novel. I recently have become obsessed with steampunk books and so I figure it’s best to write what I like. 🙂 So it’ll probably be end up being fantasy, but that’s about all I’ve got right now. I really need to start getting prepared this week. One more week to go!

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Next up is my trip to Orlando! This will be smack dab in the middle of the month, which will interfere with NaNoWriMo, but I refuse to not go. As I mentioned before, I’m going to Islands of Adventure to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m so excited about this trip! I really need a vacation right now, so this is the perfect excuse to get out of here for a bit. I’m saving money for a ton of souvenirs! I want to try all of the food and drinks and want to get a ton of stuff for myself.

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And of course there is my birthday on the 14th of November. (That’s what this trip is for!) There is no need for me to post my age for the world to see. It’s enough to say that I’m just feeling really old right now. 😦 Let’s just say that I’m another year closer to 30 and it sucks. Anyway, that is my upcoming month. What are you guys doing in November?


WWW Wednesday

October 19, 2011

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Should Be Reading. All you have to do is answer three questions.

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
I’m actually am between books right now, but I plan to start reading New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear. It’s actually a collection of short stories about Abigail Irene Garrett, a forensic sorceress, and Sebastien de Ulloa, a famous sleuth and vampire. I’ve recently become interested in the steampunk genre and now I’m officially obsessed. This is just the latest in a line of steampunk books that I’m devouring.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading The Steampunk Detective by Darrell Pitt. As is obvious, this was another steampunk book that I read. I really liked this one. It was very similar to Sherlock Holmes in that this duo solves crimes using the powers of deduction. However the assistant is a teenager that used to be from a family of acrobats. I hope the author plans to write more books in this universe, it’s definitely something I’d be interested in.

What do you think you’ll read next?
In wrapping up this weeks steampunk theme, I’ll be reading Writing Steampunk by Beth Daniels. This is actually in preparation for next month! Since I plan to participate in NaNoWriMo again, I wanted to do some research in advance. Since I’ve been obsessed with steampunk lately, I figure the best way to stay interested in what I’m writing it just to stick with what I like. So the plan for the moment, which is of course liable to change any second now, is to write a steampunk novel this year. So hopefully this book will get me in the mood for that. It’s supposed to have a really good historical context and some prompts for writing. Perfect!

What are you guys reading this week?


The Secret of Moonacre

October 11, 2011

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I found this move on Netflix a while a ago and decided to watch it.As you can see from my blog layout, I really loved it. 🙂 The sets and the costumes of this movie were really gorgeous! Just looking at it from an esthetic point of view, it was beyond amazing. The picture above is that of the main character, Maria, in her room at Moonacre. Both that dress and that room are to die for.

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The Secret of Moonacre is actually based on a book called The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. I plan to read the book as soon as I find a copy of it. Here is the summary from Netflix.

    When the fantastic tale in her magical storybook comes to life, young Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards) finds herself trapped in an ancient feud between her family and a rival clan. Now, she must locate the source of their quarrel: a group of magic pearls. Gabor Csupo directs this adaptation of Elizabeth Goudge’s award-winning children’s book, The Little White Horse. Tim Curry and Ioan Gruffudd co-star.

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I would love to live in this house! Everything about it just screams fairy tale. I would recommend this movie to anyone that still has that child inside of them or just wants to watch a beautiful movie.